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Meet KendraLee Peil

Today we’d like to introduce you to KendraLee Peil.

KendraLee, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In April of 2019, I launched my podcast with the idea of bringing like minded humans together with personal experiences and cannabis. A few months before the launch, I sat down with a friend and discussed what I wanted people to know about me and what exactly my mission was. The discussion was had over a glass of wine and I quickly concluded that motherhood and cannabis were huge pieces of my life. Kendra After Dark was imagined as the show that would dive into what happens after the average 9-5 workday. My mission to end stigmas surrounding varies topics and to break the silence when it came to speaking out about them.

Being a medical card patient here in Arizona and a mother to two daughters, I thought a good way to connect with other “cannamoms” in my area would be to go to local dispensaries to try and review the different items. Talking with other women I was able to develop ideas for future shows and what would be discussed. Having supportive friends was the most amazing gift I could ask for during this time because most of them were my first guests. Having no prior knowledge of the cannabis industry other than my personal use I started to reach out to some of the companies I already was familiar with and let them know my idea with the podcast and reviews, asked for donations to start.

My presence on social media is how I was able to connect with so many people in and around Arizona who also work around the cannabis industry. Discussing some of my personal experiences and connecting with others over topics of self care, mental health, and using cannabis attracted a much larger audience than I could have imagined. My audience had shifted from just other moms who use cannabis and go through issues to the average 20+ year old person who just wants to connect with others on levels of similarities. Having had the opportunity to have conversations with Ashley Manta, Alice Moon, Jessica Gonzalez, and Tyler Hurst all of who have had their foot in the cannabis industry in different ways for years before me, really gave me some insight to what is all involved with the plant and the many different opinions, uses, and the people involved.

Helping to launch the Pink Kush Network here in Tucson was by far one of the best experiences I have had since the start of my podcast. My following within the cannabis industry is owed a great part to being able to be a part of Pink Kush and help organize cannabis events in our area. My audience has expanded from Arizona to Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and many other countries. Reading emails about other people who have used cannabis and been worried about what other people would think has connected me to this project. Not only am I meeting great people and having great conversations, but we are also all slowly helping open up those doors some are hiding behind.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
While I am sure I have not been accepted by all I feel as if the majority of people can relate in one way or another to me or a situation discussed. Being a woman I can only speak from the woman’s perspective of things as I see them. A great way for me to allow other opinions is to have these people on my show and have the conversation. My podcast allows an open forum for all weather they are cannabis users or not, this was something else I wanted to make sure I could highlight. There has always seemed to be some sort of idea that people who smoke cannot have conversations or get along with those who do not, and that needs to end.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
There are a lot of different podcasts or shows that review and educate on cannabis. Kendra After Dark talks about using cannabis and how this gets people through their days. We are talking about topics like divorce, children, and even sex. The show allows for all types of people to come together and relate in some form. Being in Tucson my whole life I am finally seeing the beauty in being here and want to allow others to connect as well. I work hard to connect with small businesses and women to empower them and highlight what it is they are doing.

In a short amount of time Kendra After Dark has been able to reach over 10,000 known downloads all over the world. The podcast is reaching people and allowing them to feel a bit more “normal” in their everyday lives. I have been able to connect with other people in the cannabis industry as well as many people who are not. Speaking on topics that some might never discuss and allowing those to hear at least one story about them.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was the oldest of three girls, seven and nine years older to be exact. My parents were young and together since high school when I came along. I was very active in playing soccer, softball, and jujitsu until high school. When I was 16, I helped coach a kid’s soccer team and was managing referee schedules for a local soccer club.  At a young age, I was very interested in being on the radio and around music. I was also very interested in delivering babies. My parents did a great job of keeping me active and out of trouble growing up, doing kid’s days with other family members and sports as much as they could. I was always very loud and outgoing while at home or in comfortable spaces, but being around other people at school or social settings always made me nervous.  As a High School senior, I took on the role of a Link Crew leader which allowed me to mentor the freshman class and organize all freshman activities. Having my own group of students that looked to me for guidance was how I was able to overcome most of my social anxiety and public speaking.

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Dr. Kimberly Lincoln, GLAUX CHEM®.

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